Lush meadows, majestic mountains, beckoning woods and unspoiled wilderness define the scenic landscape surrounding Monterey, VA.
Four distinct seasons allow for a wide range of outdoor recreation opportunities.
Monterey is situated in Highland County, which is widely considered to have the highest mean elevation of any county east of the Mississippi.
In addition to technology-based enterprise and small business, Highland County farms drive the area economy. When it comes to food, our residents strongly believe in buying local.
A focus on sustainable farming practices coupled with the continued development of grass-fed beef and lamb markets promise a bright future for agriculture in our region.
A fascinating history and vibrant arts community also contribute to our rich culture. We invite you to come experience it for yourself.
One of the best examples of our region’s amazing topography is the Laurel Fork Wilderness, located within the Greenbrier Ranger District of Monongahela National Forest. Laurel Fork North encompasses 6,055 acres and boasts over nine miles of trails. Laurel Fork South covers more than 5,700 acres, including nine miles of trails. Cold mountain streams harbor thriving populations of native brook trout and brown trout, attracting anglers from near and far. Stands of birch, cherry, maple, pine and spruce cover the forest floor, providing a home for turkey, whitetails and a variety of wild game. A preferred spot for nesting, migration and over-wintering, the wilderness is alive with the tunes of songbirds.
Another haven for outdoor enthusiasts is the Highland Wildlife Management Area. Totaling more than 14,000 acres, the area consists of three tracts: Jack Mountain, Bullpasture Mountain and Little Doe Hill. Terrain varies from gently rolling to steep. With the exception of an 80-acre patch of blue grass sod on Jack Mountain, the entire area is blanketed by upland hardwoods. Hunters can pursue an abundance of deer, bear and turkey. Grouse, squirrel and rabbit are also plentiful. A well-known fishing spot, the Bullpasture River flows through a portion of Highland Wildlife Management Area. Public access to the Cowpasture River is also nearby.
One of the region’s most sacred historical sites, McDowell Battlefield is a must-see for any Civil War buff. Taking place on May 8, 1862, the Battle of McDowell was Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson’s first victory during his legendary Shenandoah Valley Campaign.
The battlefield and many Civil War-era buildings remain wonderfully preserved. The Highland County Museum is housed in one of these buildings. An 1851 home previously used as a hotel, stagecoach stop and hospital during the Battle of McDowell, it now features a room dedicated to the memory of this famous Civil War skirmish. The museum includes two additional exhibit rooms filled with antiques and artifacts commemorating our rural, mountain heritage.
Designated a “Local Legacy” by the Library of Congress, the Highland Maple Festival is a timeless tradition. Celebrated the second and third weekends of every March since 1958, the Maple Festival pays homage to a bygone era.
Locals and visitors alike gather at the Highland Center to enjoy arts and crafts, antiques, live bluegrass, buckwheat and pancake breakfasts, maple donuts, trout dinners, maple syrup-making demonstrations, sugar camp tours and more.
Are you ready to move to the wide-open spaces of Virginia’s Western Highlands? Stop by United Country – Shamrock & Stephenson Realty in Monterey. Our agents are long-time residents of the Highland County area, and they can help you find that ideal farm, homestead or rural development land. Come experience the simple elegance of Virginia’s Little Switzerland